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Saving children’s lives with data

Data and reports are unlikely tools for heroes. But the team at Texas Children’s Hospital (Houston, Texas, U.S.A.) is analyzing patient information and tracking clinical results to help improve care for vulnerable, critically ill children. A recent success story outlines some of the many ways Texas Children’s is using Allscripts EPSi™ to support clinical initiatives throughout the organization. One example of these efforts is helping infants who have difficulty swallowing. Better evaluation of babies with swallowing difficulty, to reduce risk of aspiration Children who do not swallow safely are at risk for feeding and respiratory problems. Unfortunately, the primary tool to assess swallowing disorders is invasive and its radiation may have long-term negative effects. Occupational therapists approached Senior Decision Support Analyst Mary Watson with a request to develop a way to identify infants at risk for aspiration. Using EPSi, Watson […]

We recently worked with a hospital in Newport Beach, California, U.S.A. to maximize Allscripts Sunrise capabilities for better outcomes. We formed an Outcomes Board with leaders from both entities representing clinical, financial and operational disciplines. The Outcomes Board sets goals, identifies anticipated returns on investment and develops metrics for performance improvements. We’ve had some exciting results, improving early intervention for patients with Clostridium difficile (C. diff) and reducing risk of infection by converting patients from intravenous (IV) to oral (PO) medications. Faster interventions for patients with C. diff Physicians note that of all the common hospital-acquired infections in California, all of them are improving except for C.diff. Orange County has one of the highest rates of C. diff infections in the state. The Outcomes Board targeted C.diff cases, with a goal of identifying patients sooner to help provide faster intervention, […]

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How to avoid “alert fatigue”

  • Steven Shaha, Ph.D., DBA
  • 06/11/2015

Some of us remember the old days and the art of tuning a radio. We finely adjusted the dials as we approached channels to get a clear signal, filtering out all the static and noise. The classic case of optimizing the signal-to-noise ratio. The art of optimizing our signal-to-noise ratio is alive and well when it comes to electronic health record (EHR) alerts. It’s important that alerts are relevant and meaningful to clinicians, or we run the risk of too much information becoming just noise. That’s the near-perfect definition of what we’ve come to refer to as “alert fatigue” among clinicians, which can be hazardous for everyone involved. Meaningful alerts help improve clinical results Here’s an example of how an organization not only optimized the signal-to-noise ratio, but conquered alert fatigue and improved clinical results. And all by addressing alerts […]

United Regional (Wichita Falls, TX) earned distinction as one of the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals®, from a field of nearly 3,000 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. Performance in various clinical, financial and patient satisfaction measures helped United Regional win this recognition.  Leadership across these 10 categories reflects a commitment to developing and maintaining a hospital-wide culture of excellence and the motivation to adopt new technologies and techniques that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of patient care. United Regional also received an Everest Award. Only 17 hospitals in the country received this honor, which recognizes both greatest five-year improvement and top one-year performance. We recently talked with Dwayne McKee, Director of Clinical Intelligence and Business Intelligence at United Regional, to get his thoughts on how technology supported patient care quality initiatives that contributed to his organization achieving these honors. […]